Category: Team

Meet Prince, The Culinary King – Chef at River Lodge

What started out of necessity grew into a passion: This is Prince Mashele’s story. How a young man’s survival turned into a love affair with food. Prince heads up the kitchen at Thornybush’s River Lodge and his big smile, gentle nature and wonderful way with food has endeared him to all our guest, as well […]

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Meet Megan Barclay – Pastry Chef, Saseka Lodge

It’s a perfect afternoon at Saseka Tented Camp, you’re enjoying a cup of tea or coffee, and next you’re offered a Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Milk Crumble, Strawberry Leather, Pomegranate Pearls and Beetroot Mousse. Sounds delicious, we know, and we have our pastry chef Megan Barclay to thank for such delectable treats! Megan grew […]

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Skattie Mathebula

Skattie Mathebula – Housekeeper at River Lodge What’s in a name? The word ‘skat’ means treasure in Afrikaans, and it’s a fitting moniker for River Lodge’s, Skattie Mathebula. You’ll know when Skattie’s been in the house. She influences all spaces as she whizzes from room to room, brandishing her magical feather duster, spreading fairy dust […]

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Meet Saphia Mukansi – Chef, Jackalberry Lodge

You’ve heard about our Mocha Cheesecake, now meet the creative genius behind this decadent treat. Meet Saphia Mukansi, chef and master baker at Jackalberry Lodge. Saphia was raised in a South African safari environment. She was born in Justicia which borders on Londolozi Private Game Reserve and grew up in nearby Lillydale. Both of her […]

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Meet Thomas Matowerenyi – Senior Sous Chef, Thornybush Game Lodge

Thomas Matowerenyi is the senior sous chef at Thornybush Lodge, with over 15 years of experience under his apron. In the Beginning Thomas was born in Soweto’s Baragwanath Hospital, but his earliest memories are of growing up in the Honde Valley in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. He grew up savouring the fresh air and tranquillity of […]

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Meet Roland Mann – Ranger, Monwana and Serondella Lodges

Roland Mann was born and bred for a life in the bush. As the son of a game ranger, he has been exposed to this lifestyle from his earliest days, and it shows in his work. Roland’s instinctive knowledge of animal behaviour makes him one of Thornybush’s most popular rangers and he currently spreads his […]

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Meet Jeffrey Mabasa – Tracker, Serondella Lodge

During a South African safari at Thornybush Lodges, it’s easy to fantasize about moving to the bush permanently and leaving daily life far behind. However, it’s not the kind of lifestyle that suits everyone. That said, when you’re a man (or woman) of the bush you just know. This was the case for Jeffrey Mabasa […]

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Meet Laiza Ndubane – Sculler, Simbambili Lodge

Laiza Ndubane has been with Simbambili since before Simbambili was here. She started with Thornybush in 1997 and was one of the first workers employed to help clear the brush and rehabilitate the environment in the area where the camp now stands. Once things were up and running, she tried out several positions around the […]

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Meet Kilmon Ndlovu – Field Guide, Chapungu Camp

Meet Kilmon Ndlovu, one of our guests’ favourite characters from Chapungu Tented Camp! Born and bred in the bush, Kilmon grew up in the small settlement of Acornhoek, about 25km from Thornybush. He spent his youth immersed in the great outdoors, tending his father’s livestock in his spare time. Kilmon’s mother worked as a housekeeper […]

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Meet Thandiwe Mnisi – Head of Housekeeping, Simbambili Lodge

You can’t miss Thandiwe Mnisi, aka My Girl, during your visit to Simbambili. She’s the rock star heading up the choir come dinner time. You also have her to thank for the good order of your accommodations during your stay. Thandiwe is the head of housekeeping at Simbambili and has been with us since 1998. […]

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